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Prof. William C. Banks Esq.

Self Description

July 2013: "Professor William C. Banks is an internationally recognized authority in national security law, counterterrorism, and constitutional law.  Banks has helped set the parameters for the emerging field of national security law since 1987, co-authoring two leading texts in the field: National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law.  In 2008, Banks was named the College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, where he has been a member of the faculty for over 30 years.

National Security Law was first published in 1990 and is now in its fifth edition.  Banks and his co-authors published Counterterrorism Law in 2007 to help define the emerging field of counterterrorism law, and  the second edition was published in 2012.  Banks is also the author of numerous other books, book chapters and articles including Counterinsurgency Law: New Dimensions in Asymmetric Warfare, Combating Terrorism (with Mitchel Wallerstein and Renee de Nevers), New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates from the Hague Convention to Asymmetric Warfare, “Legal Sanctuaries and Predator Strikes in the War on Terror,” “Programmatic Surveillance and FISA – Of Needles in Haystacks,” and “Providing ‘Supplemental Security’ – The Insurrection Act and the Military Role in Responding to Domestic Crises.”

Since 1998, Banks also has been a Professor of Public Administration in SU's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He was named the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 1998, a College of Law Board of Advisors Professor in 2005, and he became the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University in 2003.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy (JNSL&P)."

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2013: 'That legal interpretation is significant, several outside legal experts said, because it uses a relatively narrow area of the law — used to justify airport screenings, for instance, or drunken-driving checkpoints — and applies it much more broadly, in secret, to the wholesale collection of communications in pursuit of terrorism suspects. “It seems like a legal stretch,” William C. Banks, a national security law expert at Syracuse University, said in response to a description of the decision. “It’s another way of tilting the scales toward the government in its access to all this data.”'


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Organization Executive (past or present) Syracuse University (SU) Organization Jul 7, 2013

Articles and Resources

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Jul 06, 2013 In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.

QUOTE: In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks...

New York Times